New Fellows 2019

Professor Neena Mitter

Neena Mitter

Professor Neena Mitter FTSE

Ag nano innovator

Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, QAAFI, The University of Queensland (QLD)

Professor Neena Mitter is internationally recognised for developing a world-first ag-nano solution to deliver RNA interference using clay nanoparticles as a non-toxic, non-GM, ecologically sustainable “BioClay” spray for crop protection. In partnership with industry, this revolutionary technology is being commercialised for market.

She is Director of a new ARC Industrial Research Transformation Hub on Sustainable Crop protection aimed at reducing the current dependence on chemical-based fungicides for high value broadacre and horticultural crops across the entire supply chain.

Her world-first technique of stem cell-based avocado propagation to address the critical shortage of plant supply has progressed to licensing. These innovative ag-tech platforms will impact the productivity, sustainability and socio-economic fabric of farming communities.

Professor Mitter has received honours including the Young Scientist Award from the Prime Minister of India, a Queensland International Fellowship, the Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Award, a Women in Technology Outstanding Life Sciences Award, and the 2019 Australia India Science, Research & Development Award

Professor Mitter is an active deputy member of the Leadership Council of Cultural Diversity. The Council is a group of leaders drawn from business, government, universities and civil society who are committed to improving the representation of cultural diversity within the leadership of Australian organisations.